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Mail subscribers sometimes face delivery dilemmas

Friday, August 12, 2005


Mail deliveries aren't always timely, including newspapers, say subscribers of The Brazil Times.

Many times people who have previously lived in Brazil want to continue receiving The Brazil Times.

The newspaper office mails about 220 papers each day to people in other Indiana counties and states who have their subscription sent to them via the U.S. Postal Service.

The concern of delayed postal delivery of The Brazil Times' newspapers has been raised. Several subscribers have called in to make The Times aware that their newspapers were no longer showing up regularly. Sometimes the paper would come three or four days late, or even two or three weeks late.

Colleen South, of Veedersburg, Ind.,used to be a teacher in Clay County until she and her husband moved in 1978. She said she subscribed to the paper to get news about students she knew and friends she grew up with.

Up until about February, Colleen was receiving our newspaper in the mail the day after it was published. After that, the delivery of our papers turned into three papers on Monday and then one again on Friday. The papers she received were outdated news.

"I pay extra to have the newspaper delivered to me in a timely fashion and then, the post office interrupts the delivery," Colleen said in a phone interview. Colleen was upset once when she was unable to find out about someone she knew passing away until two weeks later.

Colleen said, "I realize the papers are considered junk mail to some and not of priority, but to us, the newspapers keep us informed of what is going on in that area (Clay County)."

Rose Bussing, of Ft. Myers, Fla., lived in Brazil until the last year when she and her husband moved. Rose has noticed that the papers were coming later and later and even receiving three on Monday and then one on Friday, but she doesn't think it's a big problem.

"Old news is better than no news," she said in a phone interview.

"I'm so happy that you deliver them to us, I have no complaints," Rose said.

It has been discovered that papers enroute to counties in Indiana are now being shipped to other locations, in and out-of-state, instead of going to Indianapolis like before. Karen Barnhart, Circulation Clerk for The Brazil Times, would like to assure subscribers that, "Each day, we take that day's paper to the post office to be shipped. We don't hold them and ship them all at once."

Times subscribers experiencing problems may call the U.S. Postal Service, (800) 275-8777, or contact their local postmaster to inform him of delays.

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